Takhini residents oppose suite for senior

Residents of Takhini North are concerned that a proposed development on Carpiquet Road could increase traffic in the neighbourhood. But the proposed development is partly to help someone who no longer drives.

Residents of Takhini North are concerned that a proposed development on Carpiquet Road could increase traffic in the neighbourhood.

But the proposed development is partly to help someone who no longer drives.

Last year, Dan Cable bought the vacant property at 57 Carpiquet Rd. Right now, city zoning only allows for one garden suite or living suite on the lot. Cable wants to have both at his property.

He wants to build a house with a living suite inside, and a garden suite at the back of the lot. The garden suite is for his 78-year-old mother, who is going blind.

In September, she fell down the stairs in her Riverdale home and broke her collarbone.

She’s on a four-year waiting list with the Yukon Housing Corporation, said Cable.

She still wants her independence and dignity, but she can’t live on her own anymore, he said.

Cable plans to build a suite that will include features like grab bars in the bathtub, so she can live on her own.

But it’s going to be a pretty expensive project, said Cable.

He estimates it will cost between $135,000 and $140,000 to build the new home for his mother.

To cover the cost, he wants to build a two-bedroom rental suite on the first floor of the house, but it won’t look any different from any other in the neighbourhood, he said.

The potential for more neighbours could mean more cars. And residents don’t want that.

The city received six written responses to the project. Four were opposed, and two expressed concerns. All of them were concerned about parking.

That shouldn’t be an issue for this property, said Cable. He and his wife only have one car and a small trailer, he said.

They currently live in Takhini East with their two children.

Cable walks to work downtown, and insists he’ll keep doing that after they move.

If someone does rent from them, they may have a car, but there are three parking spaces on the property.

The bigger problem is the lack of rental housing in Whitehorse, he said.

“We’re not getting what we need,” he told council Monday night.

Condos are too expensive for people who are just starting their careers to rent, and duplexes aren’t the best for seniors who want to live at home, he said.

“We basically have a grey tsunami coming.”

His mother isn’t alone.

There are 48 seniors on the waiting list for Yukon Housing in Whitehorse, said Marc Perreault, director of the corporation.

City administration will present its report to council on the zoning change next Monday.

Contact Meagan Gillmore at

mgillmore@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fourth person recovers from COVID-19

No new cases in the territory.

Wyatt’s World

John Hopkins-Hill News Reporter… Continue reading

New measures make previous COVID-19 orders enforceable

Violators could face a fine, up to six months in jail or both

Owner of Whitehorse home targeted in police raid wants more communication between cops, landlords

Marie-Pierre Leblanc Demers is the owner of 5051 Fifth Ave. in downtown Whitehorse

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Carcross/Tagish First Nation postpones general election

Carcross/Tagish First Nation has postponed its general election for chief until further… Continue reading

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in postpones election of chief

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in has postponed its election for chief after all three candidates… Continue reading

Organizers continue to plan for Reckless Raven

Significant changes or eventual cancellation not ruled out

City readies for another food truck season

Physical distance will be encouraged

Comprehensive Review of HSS report extended 30 days

The Yukon government has given the independent expert panel, charged with the… Continue reading

Yukon government announces supports for businesses forced to cancel events, clarifies precautions for mining industry

Temporary funding program passed to help businesses and NGOs who lost money on cancelled events.

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. Formalizing… Continue reading

Air North not informed by officials of COVID-19 case, president says

Joe Sparling says Air North learned via social media that passenger on flight had COVID-19

Most Read